Tuesday, August 21, 2012
The Vincent Thomas Bridge is a crown jewel of Los Angeles' southern port cities.
Named after California assemblyman Vincent Thomas of San Pedro, the span is a 1,500-foot-long suspension bridge, the fourth longest such structure in California.
Built in 1963, the bridge was built to replace the ferries that connected the port cities of San Pedro and Terminal Island to mainland Los Angeles.
For years, the VT Bridge, as it became known, was derided as a bridge to nowhere, but that changed in the 1970s when Los Angeles and Long Beach began to supplant San Francisco Bay cities as the state's principal port areas.